Here’s a list of weird-looking lizards with the most unusual and peculiar tails.
We all know that lizards, some amphibians and other animals are capable of regeneration. As a form of defense, some lizard species can drop their tails naturally to escape or confuse their predators. A new tail will then grow.
1.) Spearpoint Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus ebenaui)
This awful-looking lizard with an unusually shaped tail is a Spearpoint Leaf-tail Gecko. This gecko can grow up to 7m in length. This nocturnal and arboreal gecko can be found on Nosy Be Island and Madagascar. It inhabits tropical rain forests and dry deciduous forests.
2.) Asian Grass Lizard (Takydromus sexlineatus)
The Asian Grass Lizard has a slender and very long tail which is usually more than 3 times its body length. When attacked, it can drop its tail and grow a new one. Another bizarre trait of this lizard is its tongue which is black or pink in color. It can be found in Southeast Asia and China. It is also commonly known as Six-striped Long-tailed Lizard and Long-tailed Grass Lizard.
3.) Jackson’s Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii)
Not all animals with tail can coil their tails like the Jackson’s Chameleon does. This colorful African chameleon lives in cooler regions of Africa. This weird-looking reptile that can grow up to 30 cm in length is a popular exotic pet. It feeds on insects and gives birth to live offspring.
4.) Pygmy Spiny-tailed Skink (Egenia depressa)
The odd-looking Pygmy Spiny-tailed Skink is a lizard with a spiny tail as its common name implies. Compared to other lizards, the tail is very but very short. This tiny species of skink can be found in Australia
5.) Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli)
The Henkel’s Leaf-tailed Gecko is an awful-looking lizard with very fat tail. It can be found in Nosy be Island and Madagascar. This arboreal gecko can grow up to 28 cm long. It feeds mainly on insects but will consume snails occasionally.
6.) Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)
Another lizard with an extremely long tail when compared to its body size is the Plumed Basilisk. It’s very long tail is colorful and banded. It is endemic to Latin America from Mexico to Ecuador. It can grow up to 1 meter in length, most of which is tail. It is also commonly known as Green Basilisk or Double Crested Basilisk.
7.) Broad-tailed Gecko (Phyllurus platurus)
The Broad-tailed Gecko is a unique-looking lizard with a large spear-shaped tail which is used as a decoy to prevent predation. Its huge tail is also useful as a fat storage. This nocturnal hunter of insects can be found in Sidney, Australia. It can grow up to 15 cm in length.
8.) African Fat-tailed Gecko (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus)
If some lizards have very long or very short tails, the African Fat-tailed Gecko, has a very fat tail. This nocturnal and ground-dwelling lizard has moveable eyelids and vertical pupils. It can grow up to 10 inches long and can be found in Africa and lives in dry and arid regions. It has a lifespan of 18 years.
9.) Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
The handsome-looking Leopard Gecko is a nocturnal ground-dwelling gecko with very fat tail. The tail is useful s fat storage. It can be found in Central and South Asia. Because of its unique pattern and coloration it has become a popular pet. During winter, it stays underground and relies on its fat reserves on its tail to live.
10.) Fantastic Leaf Tailed Gecko
As the name of the Fantastic Leaf Tailed Gecko implies, the bizarre-looking tail resembles a leaf. It is endemic to Madagascar and inhabits tropical forests. This weird creature that can grow up to 6 inches long is more popularly known as Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko.
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